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Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine has announced the finalists for its 2011 R&D Awards, which will honor one new ingredient for its innovative design and one finished product for the novelty and craft of its formulation. Finalists were chosen based on the ratings of 12 international experts in the cosmetics industry, from a mix of manufacturers and universities. Ratings were based on significance to the industry and long-term impact. These finalists now move on to the final round, where a separate panel of judges will rate the entries. Winners will be announced at In-Cosmetics in Milan this March.
In the Best New Technology category, the finalists are:
Beiersdorf AG, for its Glycerylglucose (Gluco-Glycerol) moisturizing technology: This technology supports skin’s own natural moisturization by acting on an aquaporin subfamily in the skin involved in the transport of small solutes, such as glycerol, to distribute moisture in the layers of the epidermis. In vivo measurements revealed a significant reduction in transepidermal water loss (TEWL) after the use of topical formulations containing Gluco-Glycerol. Further, the effects of the technology may not only be mediated by supply of water and glycerol, but also extend to improving the permeability barrier function. Thus, this technology represents a new way to moisturize the skin, inspired by the skin itself.
X-Rite Inc., for its VS450 non-contact spectrophotometer: This device provides a non-contact means to measure the colors of products in production and lab environments as consumers see them at point of purchase. The VS450 spectrophotometer measures a product’s color without touching the sample surface, yielding truer results. This technology eliminates common problems associated with contact based measurements such as surface distortion, ambient light, inconsistencies of transparent barriers and contamination. By producing truer measurements, the device improves product quality, reduces waste and speeds the development of new products.
Silab, for its Retilactyl D natural anti-aging active: Through its rich glucans and rhamnogalacturonans content purified from black pepper (Piper nigrum) berries, Retilactyl D preserves the functions of the reticular dermis, thus combating the slackening of tissues and reinforcing the structure, strength and repair capacities of the reticular dermis. The technology acts by increasing the adhesion, contractile and migration capacities of photo-aged fibroblasts; increasing collagen, elastin and integrin 2 1 expression; and stimulating the expression of matrix signaling molecules such as connective tissue growth factor. This ingredient is therefore the first natural active ingredient that targets the reticular dermis.